ICIRR Blasts TX Request to Delay DAPA Appeal

November 24, 2015

ICIRR Blasts TX Request to Delay DAPA Appeal

On November 23, 2015, Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller filed a motion requesting a 30-day extension to respond to the Obama Administrations appeal to the Supreme Court of the court order blocking the DAPA and expanded DACA programs. The following is the statement of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

This request by the Texas Solicitor General is a blatant delay tactic to prevent millions of US immigrants from realizing the long-awaited promise of administrative relief. The Obama Administration has fought tirelessly to ensure that DAPA and expanded DACA are implemented, and this requested scheduling change is a ploy to run out the clock on a Supreme Court hearing until after President Obama leaves office. This extension request seeks to thwart not only the President’s efforts, but the hopes and dreams of children, mothers, fathers, and families who stand to benefit from the stability and security these programs can provide.

We applaud the Obama Administration’s relentless effort to prioritize these families on a national level, and together with our network of partner organizations, we will continue this fight. Such shameful and obvious attacks on the futures of deserving families will not be ignored, and the approaching 2016 elections are now more important than ever.  We urge eligible and registered voters to stand together and demand the immigrant voice be heard.

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights is a statewide coalition of more than 130 organizations dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society. For more information, visit www.icirr.org.